My name is Stefan Koidl, I am a full-time Krampus mask carver and a self-taught Illustrator and Concept Artist living in Salzburg, Austria.
I started drawing when I was a little kid, I was fascinated by creating characters and scenes that don’t exist in real life. Over the years I always wanted to improve my skills and techniques until I reach a level that my role models have.
Art became a big part of my life, and I can’t imagine living without it. Learning new things and subjects is giving me extra motivation every day. I currently specialize in digital paintings, with this medium, it’s easier for me and faster to capture an idea.
I love to draw images that tell a story, the painting should trigger a certain feeling in the observer and make him think. Especially I like to paint creepy and dark stuff, it’s just thrilling to “play” with the fear of the viewer. My characters, the mood and the story are most of the time from imagination.
Inspiration can come from different websites (for example Artstation, Pinterest.) other artists, or video games and movies. One of my biggest dreams is to be able to work as a full-time illustrator in the near future. ~ Stefan Koidl